Thank you for all your support for our Third Annual Full Day Conference!

Many thanks to our host EMAC at the Long View Center, Raleigh, NC

If you enjoyed our full day conference, please continue to support our chapter by attending one of our upcoming events:

June 7th in South Carolina -register for Rapid Prototyping Part 2.

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Innovate Carolina 2012 – April 20 – Raleigh – Sign up Now!

Join our third annual full day  conference –  April 20th at EMAC at the Long View Center downtown Raleigh.

Innovating in Tough Times: Practical Ways for Innovating when Budgets are Tight and Resources are Limited

  • MEET YOUR PEERS within the innovation and product development space who live right here in the Carolinas. You might find your next job, employee, business partner, or new fellow comrade
  • LEARN ABOUT PRACTICES AND TOOLS that you can use to improve your outcomes and share with your manager and peers

Carolinas based organizations scheduled to share their lessons learned, experiences and tools include: Bank of America, Britax, Burt’s Bees, Center for Creative Leadership, Elster Solutions, Gilero, Milliken, NC Department of Commerce, NetApp, Novant, Red Hat, and Sealed Air

There is plenty of time for networking as well.

Over 150 innovators, new product development and product management professionals and executives are already signed up.  This is THE opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Still not sure?

Check out our short conference overview and interviews with morning speakers Iain Gray, VP Global Services, Red Hat, and Greg Hopper, Senior Product Manager, Net App on our  You Tube channel.

Check out the agenda, speakers and sponsors pages on this site.

See a sampling of what 2011 attendees had to say:

  • “Outstanding exchange of ideas”
  • “Really good session.  Wanted to attend more than was possible.”
  • “Gave me ideas on how to improve the projects and processes I manage”
  • “Great insights on how to innovate, leadership”
  • “Good networking”

Details on the registration page.

We have a new group on Twitter.  Our new Twitter handle is @ PDMA_Carolinas.  During the Innovate Carolina 2012 Conference, we’ll be using the hashtag #InnovateCarolinas2012  Tweet it out!

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Open Innovation in the News

Wondering if Open Innovation is relevant in today’s business?  You bet!

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Who should be interested in this conference?

All companies could use a little help with innovation. 

  • Are you a business leader looking for ways to get new ideas and technologies into your business pipeline? 
  • Are you an entrepreneur trying to partner with large companies to bring your idea to market? 
  • Are you a consumer or end user with a smart way to improve an existing product or service or category?

Innovate Carolina 2011 is where we explore the intersection of these interests and talk about how Open Innovation gets done in the real world.

Who else is interested in this?  Representatives from companies across the Carolinas including Electrolux, Bank of America, Sealed Air, Ingersoll Rand, Wells Fargo, Best Buy, Lowes, Duke Energy, Rubbermaid, Lord Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Celgard, and SPX have already registered.  Learn from other professionals in the field practicing innovation and register today!

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5 reasons to register today!

We’re just over a month to go before the 2011 Innovate Carolina conference on Open Innovation!  Need an excuse to register today to lock in your plans for Friday, April 15th in Charlotte, NC?

  1. Early-bird registration expires soon! Rates go up after March 15
  2. Third “Services” track added with speakers from Best Buy and NewKind!
  3. NPDP certification discount Taking the NPDP exam?  NP Learning is hosting a 2 day prep workshop on April 13-14 in the University area nearby
  4. The Five Ventures contest Catch the Charlotte Research Institute’s Five Ventures business plan competition on April 14 also on campus.  Attendees from FiveVentures can get a special discount!
  5. Great networking! Representatives from companies across the Carolinas are already registered from the financial services, manufacturing, medical, energy, and technology sectors.  Meet them and share best practices.

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Our 2011 Theme: Open Innovation

Open Innovation – Buzzphrase-du-jour or viable product development tool?  We plan to unpack that very question on April 15 as the theme for our 2011 Innovate Carolina Conference.

The PDMA Carolinas Chapter invites you to join us on the UNCC campus in Charlotte, NC for a full-day of networking and engaging discussions. Unlike other conferences that tackle this topic, we’ll hear from Product Development leaders speaking about real-world case studies, including stories from the field about:

  • How ideas from outside of a firm are generated and collected through contests, trend spotting, and tech scouting
  • How Open Innovation concepts should be evaluated and managed differently from internally-generated concepts, and what happens when they aren’t
  • How an Open Innovation process fits in a traditional product development culture

The speaker agenda is just about complete and registration will open soon.  Drop us a line to be notified with registration details.

Until then, take a peek at this video clip from Marshall Brain, the keynote speaker from our 2010 conference in Chapel Hill.  (Duration: 12:50)

And here’s a few links highlighting last year’s agenda and content:

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Save the Date for Innovate Carolina 2011: April 15 in Charlotte, NC

Please mark your calendars for our 2011 conference –  April 15th at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus.  Keep checking back for more details on our theme, speakers, detailed agenda, and sponsorship opportunities.

Here’s some feedback from our 2010 attendees:

  • “Conference provided important information about innovation efforts interpreted in a business culture.”
  • “Excellent speakers who provided practical insight”
  • “Provided a new perspective”
  • “Inspirational, thought-provoking, practical”
  • “Gained a lot of insight into the innovation process.  Made good contacts.”

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